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James Doggett was born in Santa Rosa, California to William and Thelma Doggett. The second of three children, the first sign that Jim’s life would be exceptional may have been when, at the age of four, he survived being run over by a truck with no harm except a tire track bruise across his belly.

He spent his youth in Santa Rosa, San Francisco, Walnut Creek, and San Anselmo, where he graduated from Tamalpais High School, having mastered the arts of correctly cuffing never-to-be-washed blue jeans, and using popular slang such as “real dark green” for something particularly cool. Jim was happy to remind his children that because he grew up in what was designated an agricultural area, he had gotten his driver’s license when he was 14.